DNA names nine candidates
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) named nine candidates at a rally in Grand Bahama Saturday and its leader, Branville McCartney, detailed several initiatives his government would put in place during its first 180 days in office if elected the next government of The Bahamas.
The Nassau Guardian revealed last week the candidacy for the DNA of former Bahamas Bar Association president Wayne Munroe (Mount Moriah); Sky Bahamas CEO Randy Butler (North Andros and the Berry Islands) and Galleria Cinemas Ltd. CEO Chris Mortimer (Sea Breeze).
The six other DNA candidates announced Saturday were Karen Davis (Marathon); Dario Terrelli (Blue Hills); Osman Johnson (Pineridge); Roger Rolle (West End and Bimini); Shawn Francis (Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador); and Philip Thomas (High Rock).
The series of initiatives a McCartney-led government would pursue in Grand Bahama in its first 180 days in office include the lowering of port taxes to attract more visitors; advocating for the construction of a dock and cruise port in Eight Mile Rock; bringing forward legislation giving concessions to business people; creating a film and creative arts school and school of science and technology; and constructing hurricane shelters.
“I believe that you are here tonight Grand Bahama because you, like many in our country, still believe in the Bahamian dream but you realize that things are going drastically wrong in our Bahamaland and that we, as a nation, are rapidly heading in the wrong direction,” McCartney said at the rally at Our Lucaya Resort.
“You and I are here tonight because we are sick and tired of being ostracized and marginalized from the governance of our country; we are here tonight because, as citizens, first class citizens who have been and are being treated like second class citizens, we are tired of being tolerated but not recognized. And when we are recognized, we are not tolerated.”
McCartney said some constituencies in Grand Bahama are “oppressed” and that Grand Bahamians are “suffering.” The Free National Movement (FNM) holds five of the six Grand Bahama seats in the House of Assembly. The Progressive Liberal Party holds one.
McCartney pledged to Grand Bahamians that a DNA government would guide the island and country to prosperity.
“Together we will help you climb out of this hole that has been dug for you so that your dreams of being proud Grand Bahamians will no longer have to be deferred,” McCartney said.
The DNA has now named 19 candidates so far. Currently, there are 41 seats in the House of Assembly.